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Jem Stone Jem Stone | 15:15 UK time, Friday, 13 June 2008


Small steps. Small steps.

Simon Dickson made this plea back in April when we upgraded the blog platform. Nick Reynolds then pointed me to Tony Kennick's blog post yesterday. An open letter no less, asking us very kindly to do the same.

I find full content feeds much more useful especially when catching up with feeds on other devices on the move. Mobile browsing has vastly improved and where I am required to click through in most cases I can do so to read the whole content, but I would rather remain within my feed aggregating application.

Well, quite. So we did. From this afternoon, all of the BBC's blog feeds are now full-fat, as you can see above from the lovely Google Reader screengrab of Mark Mardell's blog post from this afternoon on the Irish Lisbon Treaty vote.

Sorry that it's taken so long.

Jem Stone is the Portfolio Exec, Social Media for Future Media & Technology


  • Comment number 1.

    Good news, but what about the News pages?

    Considering the BBC News pages aren't ad supported I find it odd that they don't include the full article, especially when sites like Gizmodo and Engadget include the whole article and still rely on clickthroughs for the ad revenue

  • Comment number 2.

    I love you so much for this, thanks.

  • Comment number 3.


    I had started to unsubscribe from bbc blog feeds after getting irritated by this - time to resubscribe!

    I agree with post #1 that the next step is to apply this to the BBC news feeds.

  • Comment number 4.


  • Comment number 5.

    Thanks for doing this... it makes it much easier to keep up with the BBC blogs using Google reader.

    I have to echo PR1811 though, why is the BBC News feed not full text? It's the only feed left in my reader that isn't full text, and it's beginning to mean that I check BBC News less than other websites.

  • Comment number 6.

    BTW, I just tried to readd my subscription to this blog using Google reader, but the RSS feed (https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/beta/bbcinternet/rss.xml%29 on this page appears to be outdated, and the last post on it was April 16th. Thankfully Reader is smart enough to work out the feed from https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcinternet/.

  • Comment number 7.

    @hook85 (#6): Many thanks! A rebuild of one very important template had not happened since some under-the-bonnet work. All seems mendy now, though. Ta again.

    Alan Connor, BBC Internet Blog

  • Comment number 8.

    Fantastic!! It may seem like a trivial change for those who don't read from RSS feeds, but this really is a valued change for me. Thanks for listening! Presumably this is a great way to keep the bandwidth charges down for the BBC - with fewer clicks to the full-graphic version of the pages (I used to read both the RSS and then click through, now i only will if there is a useful related link), so if this is a win-win, so much the better! Now I just need the blog comments in a feed! :-)

  • Comment number 9.

    Bless you. Change for the better, thanks.

  • Comment number 10.

    Torbay beach party on facebook learn to read please you have reported a party which is in fact in another country and NOT Torbay England but in fact other side of the world, been on facebook for months but to be fair to everyone I have now put a genuine Torbay facebook add on the net last night and so far I have me and a friend who might come so might be 2 people going, but how funny to read in the paper about the Police not being able to read the add but whats even more funny is how Brixham Police have a UTUBE video under brixham Police saying how they have no problem with people having beach partys as long as there in no ampt up music?? so is southwest bbc the local paper and the police playing sillybillies to get people going??


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